I only discovered the work of Keith Newstead after getting high speed internet, but I have known about Paul Spooner since the late 1980s, when my brother-in-law gave me a book by Spooner called The Zoo of Tranquility. It contained build-it-yourself paper automata, and I loved it.
Perhaps you can build your own automaton this weekend, following the instructions in this video.
I have been working in the book arts field for more than thirty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
Wonderful & whimsical! Have you seen the “behind the scene” feature about making of “The Box Trolls”? Here’s the link: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/12/boxtrolls-animation-behind-the-scenes/